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Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

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Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings. Angelo Merendino/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

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Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You're Only 69 Questions Away From A New Song (About You)

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Ravi Coltrane's favorite tune off his most recent album, Spirit Fiction, was written by longtime collaborator Ralph Alessi. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy. Nick Suttle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now. Charles Howells/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

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For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

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The electronic band Chvrches comprises Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty (center) and Iain Cook. Stephanie Shim/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chvrches Talks Technology (And 'Ghostbusters')

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Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre. Russ Harrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'You Can Always Come Home': Alan Jackson On Family And Bluegrass

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf. Steinway & Sons hide caption

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Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album." Joseph Guay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

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?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

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